The Williston area is currently experiencing an economic boom unlike anywhere in the country! In the last 3 years or so, it has drawn much national interest, with articles having appeared in such national publications/shows as The Wall Street Journal, Money Magazine, and “Mad Money”. The reason for the boom is almost entirely related to what’s happening in the Bakken Basin, in which oil production has grown astronomically from 3,000 barrels per day in 2005 to over 793,000 barrels per day. Additionally, some forecasters anticipate the Basin could yield up to 1,000,000 barrels per day by 2020.
Those forecasters however are to be proven wrong soon as the following report extracted from Article by: DAVID SHAFFER, Star Tribune, December 14, 2013 shows:
“Crude oil output in October hit 941,637 barrels per day, the latest in a string of monthly records, but up just 1 percent over September, according to a report Friday by the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources. That’s about 5 percent of U.S. oil consumption.... North Dakota, now the No. 2 oil-producing state behind Texas, has seen oil production leap sevenfold over five years. ”
With that boom comes unanticipated problems like inadequate infrastructure to cater to the growing volume of traffic, along with shortage in supply of basic amenities such as groceries, hospitals, schools and housing. Northstar Center aims to resolve a part of these issues by becoming the place to work, live and play in Williston, ND.
The Northstar Center is a proposed commercial and residential development on a 535-acre parcel north of the city, was brought before the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission in a special meeting and public hearing, garnering unanimous approval to go before the Williston City Commission.
The project consists of nearly 2 million square feet of general commercial space, 566,000 square feet of heavy commercial and more than 1,500 residential units.
The proposed development, large and complex in scope, aims to create a walkable and amenity-based master planned community that provides diverse housing and a sustainable commercial district.
The 535-acre project site will dedicate approximately 20 percent of the area as parks and a 47-acre open space, with a concept approved by the Williston Parks and Recreation Department, and will include baseball diamonds.
The project will be developed in three phases. Under consideration is that those phases will be “market and sales driven,” Phases 1 and 2 will have both residential and commercial areas. Phase 2 includes the development of an Autoplex with multi-dealerships, a major independent parts store, quick oil changes and a car wash. Phase 3 will involve the development of the 47-acre parks and commercial uses.